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Stone introduces Edwin, a young man who must discover his family’s past if he is to have any future. Edwin learns of his ancestor Stone, a young Plains Cree man, who came of age in the early 19th century. Following a vision quest, Stone aspires to be like his older brother, Bear, a member of the Warrior Society. But when Bear is tragically killed during a Blackfoot raid, S ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 19th 2010 by Highwater Press
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Sean Callaghan
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel
This was an engrossing read that tries to overcome past colonial representations of First Nations peoples. The flip back and forth between past and present works well, but the story in the past is the real draw - giving us a glimpse into an indigenous past that is nothing like the "barbaric" image we may have been taught in schools. Well worth the read, and I can't wait to read the rest of the series. ...more
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Edwin is a broken and lost young man. After his attempted suicide, his mother starts to tell him stories from his family's past and the history of Plains Cree people, hoping it will help him to find his identity. Each volume looks at a different generation in this lineage, starting with Stone in the 19th century. These stories run in parallel with Edwin's in a broad sense as they address the struggles the aboriginal people have faced, and continue to face, because of the changing world. The crue ...more
Stevan McCallum
Oct 23, 2012 rated it did not like it

David Alexander Robertson

Purpose for reading:
-looking for something for my Grade 10 English class (ENG 2P)
-find something relatively recent
-seek out a relevant, engaging graphic novel

-two stories told concurrently: one of a 19th century young First Nations man and the other of a present day First Nations man
-learn very little here and found the modern-day character quite flat

-as with David Alexander Robertson's other book, this is a comic book, not a graphic novel
-the artwork here
After having greatly admired the work done in Sugar Falls, also by David Alexander Robertson and Scott B. Henderson, I decided to check out Stone, the first book in their 7 Generations series. I was definitely not let down.

The present day story entwines with the 19th century historical story quite smoothly, and clearly had a lot of thought put into both. It definitely sets up a lot of opportunity for the remainder of the series to be just as good. While I thought the art was lovely, and evocati
Aug 20, 2019 rated it liked it
I'm looking for books on Indigenous peoples that could tie to English and World Religions courses. Not a hard read. The premise is a young man struggling with finding his purpose in life is advised that to know who he is, he must know his past--so his mom starts telling him about his ancestors. In this first one he learns of an early ancestor. I think I will be more interested as he moves through history and connects with residential schools and native issues today. ...more
Jan 23, 2018 rated it liked it
From Sooke BC, or maybe Victoria.
J.L. Slipak
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

First, I must give credit to the amazing artist, Scott Henderson, who added his talent to this amazing story. The black and white graphics are stunning and help to make this graphic novel a huge success. But, let’s not forget the also amazing author who created this story.

David Alexander Robertson…

I’ve been following David’s work for a while now and have been acquiring everything of his he’s written. The man is very talented, very
Cupof Tea
Jan 18, 2012 rated it liked it
My cousin Scott is the illustrator of this series. I really enjoyed this first book, and I have to go get the rest soon. They have another story just launched called Sugar Falls, that I am also interested in.

The same day, I also reread the preview copy of Scott's own sf series The Books Of Era, but it doesn't have an ISBN so I haven't added it :( I was taken back to my childhood, when we played dress-up in my Grandma's basement and Scott would make up stories. I hope he will have the time and su
Oct 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
The first book in the series 7 Generations. Stone is the story of one First Nations family from the eighteen hundreds to the present. A young man attempts suicide. He learns about the life of one of his ancestors and it helps him recover.

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I love the illustrations in this book. The story is really suited to this format. It's not a wordy book and the illustrations really help tell the story. It has a really compelling start that draws the reader in immediately. A short work, but a full
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David A. Robertson (he/him/his) is an award-winning writer and recent recipient of the Writer's Union of Canada's Freedom to Read Award. His books include When We Were Alone (winner Governor General’s Literary Award), Will I See? (winner Manuela Dias Book Design and Illustration Award), Betty: The Helen Betty Osborne Story (listed In The Margins), and the the YA trilogy The Reckoner (winner Michae ...more

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